May 10, 2010

Hey! Hey! I'm no longer MIA!

Hey Ya'll!!

Whoo! Hoo! I'm no longer MIA!  I'm back with a new bloggy makeover and I can't wait to get caught up with my bloggin' peeps!  I pray that everyone is doing well in the blogosphere and all of you special mom's had a wonderful Mother's Day!!!

Well, my several weeks away turned into three - My family trip was brief but awesome (will be posting photo's in a few days!). Since then I've been up to my eyeballs in helping with my Sweet Mama's care at the nursing facility in addition to my own "stuff of life"(can anyone relate)! Somedays there doesn't seem to be enough hours in the day before I pass out on the couch! OMgoodness! I actually fell asleep during most of 24 last Monday night and I'm tellin' ya, unless I'm in the back tundra of a remote jungle or treking with a sherpa in Siberia with no cable, satellite, Iphone or TEVO, I almost never miss 24!!!  Now that I think about it - I think I'll have a Red Bull with tonight's dinner!....It's Monday and I'm already feelin' the need to get jacked up for Jack......I'm out the door to Seven-Eleven now!!  LOL!!

(Imagine that!  I ran into Britney Spears incognito buying up all the Red Bull.......Bummer!  Uh, Britney - I'm just not feelin' the pink wig thing and the "back off sister the Red Bull is mine" body language is kinda scaring me!!.....I'm just saying!!! JK! LOL!).

Movin' on......some of you might remember my "Sick as a Dawg!"post last month about my sister and I getting a major dose of food poisoning and barfing our heads off (with all other related symptoms also) in a hotel in Flagstaff.  You might also recall my observation that my pink and green blog reminded me waaay toooo much of Pepto Bismol pink and Gatorade green (of which I had copious amounts last month)!  Soooo I decided to get my "geek" on (didn't know I had any!) in my spare time (didn't know I had any of that either!) and try a face lift (not on me - my blog, LOL! ).  I was amazed that someone as "geeky challenged" as me could do it!  With the help of on line tutorials, picnik, and the new google Template Designer....waaa laaaa!  I did it!! Who'd a thought this Dixie chick cowgirl had a tad of "geek" in her, ya'll!!  LOL!!  It was kinda like decorating (and I love to decorate).....Try out diff colors and backgrounds and accessories and bling, look at it for a few days, take it down, tweak it, redo it until it comes together!  Who'd a thunk I'd find CSS, SEO's, CTU (24 LOL!), HTML's, Feeds and links the least bit interesting!!....Still don't really, but so enjoyed my bloggy face-lift makeover challenge!!  Oh, help yourself to my new blog button if you'd like and I'd love your feedback!!  And be watching for a giveaway!!!  I'll be posting that soon!!

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Seriously, the fresh new look is kinda like a breath of fresh air for me....a new season of fresh colors, fresh look, fresh inspiration.....Fresh Oil!! That seems to be the theme of what the Lord is speaking to me lately - fresh and new seasons of the manifestations of the Holy Spirit!!  Hallelujah!!!  I'm staying really close to Him - I don't want to miss a thing!!  How 'bout you??

BTW, thanks so much for your continued prayers for my Sweet Mama.  Her leg wound is healing and her PT is going pretty well, but she has some confusion and short term memory loss from the stroke.  Once her leg heals (thank you JESUS!) we'll be revisiting options for her next level of care facility.  For now, until the leg wound heals she's hooked up to an amazing contraption called a wound vac and must be in a facility that has specialized wound vac care.   I'm tellin' ya, a wound vac sounds gross (and it is!) but it is a God send to those with terrible and life threatening wounds that otherwise probably wouldn't heal.   It does exactly what it's name implies - it continually 24/7 vacuums out the wound encouraging healing from the inside out.   I've learned more that I ever wanted to know about wound care, infection, etc (YUCK, YUCK, YUCK!) but so thankful that mama is getting such good care.  Once again, I SO APPRECIATE YOUR PRAYERS for Mama and for me as well.  My sis had to return to NC so daily visits to the Nursing facility without a break have already become very physically and emotionally heavy.  I'm just taking it a day (sometime a moment) at a time in His Strength - He is Faithful!!!

I've really missed my bloggin' peeps and thanks so much for those who began following Fresh Oil while I was MIA! I'm looking forward to visiting your blogs and meeting you too!!   Can't wait to hear what's been happening in everyone's bloggy corner of the world....Whoo! Hoo! Cowabunga ya'll....I've gotta whole lot of blog surfing to do!!!


Love, Hugs and Sweet Blessings!


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Jo Whitehurst said...

Awesome new look!! Glad you are back!

Andrea said...

I am praying for your mom! I have missed you, my dog loving friend. When I began reading your post, all I could think of was the sweet comments you always leave on sitka's blog. I am a bit emotional, today. My sweet Macy is not doing well. God has given me 16 1/2 years with her, but I selfishly want more. The vet told us if she did not go on her own, we would know when it was the right time. We do not want her to suffer. Last night was the first time, I actually thought she was suffering. She kept heaving. After throwing up...she has stayed close. She is laying here beside me, now. These are sad days. Sorry to go on and on...
Hugs and prayers, andrea

PS: Your new blog look ROCKS!

Anonymous said...

Well my goodness - you have come back absolutely 'marvelous looking' here! I LOVE the new makeover. It symbolizes the freshness I hear in your blog.
Sure missed you and am so glad you're back.
Hugs and blessings,

Grace on the Narrow Path said...

Glad you are back my friend. I have been praying for you and your mama.
Love your new blog look. Hope to hear from you soon.

RCUBEs said...

It's so good to hear from you sister Jackie and wow! I love your new look! It's beautiful and "fresh"...Hope you had a wonderful Mother's Day [minus the Red Bull :)]...It's good to hear your momma's wound is healing. So much to catch up with you...But just to hear you back is awesome! God bless you and protect you. said...

Welcome back!! And your page is absolutely delightful! I really love it. I'm also in awe of you that you figured out how to put the whole thing together. It's very up to date and inviting, and I wouldn't have a clue how to do that!

Anyway... GLAD you're back!! Still praying for mama, and all of you.



Wylie @ Shout A Joyful Noise! said...

LOVE the new blog design!!! So much fun! Thanks for the update!

Beth Herring said...

oh, I just love the makeover! It is fabulous and you did a super job.

Praying for your mama -will continue to lift you all up.

Barbara said...

I love the look, but I am new here, hugs, and really enjoyed your blog I shall be back, have a great day.
Lots of hugs and Blessings, Barbara

Debbie said...

WELCOME BACK...Glad to hear your mama is healing. What an ordeal. I will definitely continue to lift you both in prayer. The new blog look is soo good. I LOVE it...I am impressed with your "geek" knowledge...HUGS AND BLESSINS, Debbie

The Red Brick Farmhouse said...

Hi, Jackie~

WELCOME BACK!! I love your new L@@K! It's very refreshing! Love the colors!

Glad to have you back!


Beth E. said...

Love, love, love the new makeover! I'm very impressed with your "geeky-ness". A header, a button, and all kinds of bells and go, girl!

Praying for your sweet mother AND for you and your family. I took care of my aunt, who had Alzheimer's, and that was very difficult. I know that caring for your sick mother is even harder.

Big hugs being sent your way...welcome back!

Karen said...

I really like these colors...glad your trip went well and looking forward to reading about it...

Praying for your mom...

Stephani Cochran said...

Thanks so much for stopping by today Jackie! It looks like we have a lot in common. I'm from Oklahoma and I could have sworn you were from Texas the way you have the Ya'll down! I think southern girls that love Jesus are just about the best! ~ Talk to you later!

Davene said...

Hi, Jackie!

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today; it's great to "meet" new friends. :)

I think your blog looks TERRIFIC! I'm so impressed that you could do it all yourself. Good for you!

I hope your week goes wonderfully, and especially that your mama continues to heal. Bless you for being so involved in her care.

Nana Jul said...

Welcome back Jackie! You sound as refreshed as your blog looks! It's a great look!
Praying for you and your momma!

Marie said...

Hi Jackie,
So loved hearing about Jack, CTU and you spotting Brittany hogging all the Red Bull with her pink wig! you made me laugh so hard. I so enjoy reading your blog. Thanks so much for you sweet comments. And YES your mama is in my prayers.

Your stylin girl, your blog is looking gorgeous!!

Rose ~Victorian Rose ~ said...

So happy that your mom's leg is doing so much better.
LOVE YOUR vibrant and so enjoy the bright colors. I am not brave enough to do somehting like that on my blog.

THANK YOU for joining by blog..we are growing like weeds there.


Anonymous said...

Thank you for stopping by and sweet comments...So glad your mama is doing better...I will pray for her...nice to meet you...Have a wonderful week..Katherinellen

Elizabeth Mahlou said...

I don't know what your blog looked like before, but this look is definitely fresh and appealing!

Linda said...

Hi Jackie,
Thank you for dropping by my blog-I hope to see you again!
Love your new look blog-so fresh and uplifting!
I will be praying for your Mom.
Have a great day!

Simply Debbie said...

Dear Jackie,
I am praying healing for your mom's wound and strength, rest, and a new energy for you. It is a difficult time to say the least, to take care of a family member if you are not rested. You must take time for yourself in order to be of value to your mother.
This is my first time to your blog and I think you have done a wonderful job creating your new blog...all dressed up.
It is so very nice to meet you
Simply Debbie

Anonymous said...

My comments weren't going through on any blog this morning. I will try this again. If you get it twice, please just post one. ;)

Hi Jackie,

Thanks for stopping by my little corner earlier. I have been so blessed by those who understand about the loss of a pet and your words are exactly what I need at this time. It's funny, but I'm receiving more comfort and kind words from blogging friends I just met than from old friends. God has blessed me so much with blogging.

I love your blog look--so bright and cheerful, and I especially LOVE the name and your beautiful pictures. Your post put a smile on my face and that's a hard task before my coffee. ;) Not really, I'm a laugh very easily. I clicked on your google follow and took your button with me. I look forward to visiting. Praying for your mom.

Edie said...

Your blog design looks great Jackie. You did good. :) Praying for your mom.

Thank you for your prayers too.

elaine @ peace for the journey said...

Hey Jackie... love the fresh, new look here. Also love Jack and 24; I hate to see it end, although I haven't enjoyed this season as much as the ones prior.

Thanks for checking in with me today. May the peace of Christ rule in your heart as you continue down the road of peace. Just in case you missed it (not sure how that could have happened) but my book released last week. You can find out about it at the blog if you'd like.


Alleluiabelle said...

Hi Dear Friend,

So happy that you're back!! I love your new blog look too. It's fun to play around and change things up a bit...I've learned quite a bit myself and like a challenge too.

My prayers are still being said for you and your mama.

Love you,

Ella said...

Welcome Back and continued prayers for your Mama....
Blessings, Ella

Andrea said...

Jackie, I love your new look! It is beautiful!

I love the pics of you and your mom! They are precious, and I will remember her when I pray.

So glad you are feeling better! God is faithful!

Much love,


Crown of Beauty said...

Welcome back!

Looking forward to hearing more...

Love the new spring look on your blog place!


Lou said...

Love the bloggy face lift! I recently figured out how to make cute buttons, banners, etc and could spend all day making stuff, taking it down and doing it all over again! So much fun (yup, I've got some geek in me, too!). Thanks so much for visiting Saved by Grace. Look forward to reading more of your blog! -- Lou

Denise said...

Love the new look girl... I love the colors..... Praying for your Mom.. My goodness how these things keep our hearts in tears.... Today was hard for me.. Talked to a gal at the University about Adult Day Care for Mom while we are trying to decide to put Dad in the VA nursing home about 30 miles from here..... I just wheal up and cry for very little reason these days........ I will keep you in my prayers girl.....

Dorcas said...

Awesome! I am loving your blog. Thanks for dropping by. Now I am a follower!!



BARBIE said...

Hello Jackie. So nice to meet you and thanks for following and enter the blog design giveaway! I love your blog! It brought instant joy to my heart. Looking forward to getting to know you better.

Beatriz Farquhar-Guzman said...

Jackie! I am so happy you found me and now I found you!!!!!! Your blog is beautiful but your love for Jesus is contagious!

Yes, The Lord called me to be His missionary as a scrapbooker!!!!! He sure has a sense of humor....

I became your follower as well and put your banner under my John 3:16 on the left side of my blog.

Have a blessed and wonderful Day of the Lord!


(I tried to e-mail you but it came back)

Terri Tiffany said...

Welcome back! I'd popped over a few times and thought of you down here in FL and hoped all was well. Good to hear! Love your blog look!

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